BELLOWS FALLS — Bellows Falls Police Chief David Bemis confirmed Wednesday that the driver involved in a fatal pedestrian crash last month was a Westminster man, who was previously convicted in another fatal crash.
Andrew Elby, 32, was driving through Bellows Falls on the evening of January 4 when he struck Gerald “Jeremy” Burrell, 85, also of Westminster West. Burrell died four days later — on his 85th birthday — at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Ielpi was convicted in 2019 in connection with the death of his fiancée, Angelique Frost, who died from injuries sustained in a crash of an all-terrain vehicle in Westminster West in May 2016. Ielpi and Frost were on a six-wheel all-terrain vehicle, when Ielpi attempted to jump Risky over the watercourse. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation for five years.
The release of Ielpi’s name came after the issue came up for a second time at a Rockingham Select Board meeting Tuesday night when board member Richard Cowan again questioned why the driver’s name had not been released. The Reformer told town and village officials on Wednesday that it was preparing to file a Freedom of Information request for the driver’s name, citing a violation of standard police policy.
Earlier Wednesday, Adam Silverman, a spokesman for the Vermont State Police, told The Reformer that there was no reason to withhold the driver’s name, and that the state police’s investigation into the reconstruction of the accident should not delay revealing the driver’s name.
“The VSP Crash Reconstruction Team is providing technical assistance to the Bellows Falls Police Department in this case. Bellows Falls PD is the lead agency responsible for this investigation. The Crash Reconstruction Team’s supplemental report will be completed as soon as possible, however, for CRT” investigations, often It takes longer than 30 days. “The CRT addendum, whether complete or not, should have no impact on the municipal agency publishing the operator’s name,” Silverman wrote to The Reformer.
“In VSP cases involving fatal accidents and subsequent investigation by CRT, we release the names of all parties involved within 24 hours of the incident. Typically the only name(s) we withhold during that 24-hour time period is the victim if they are involved,” he added. It is necessary to notify the next of kin, not the operator, unless there is some question about who was driving the vehicle.”
The case remains under investigation and will eventually be referred to Windham County State’s Attorney Tracy Kelly Shriver for review for possible criminal charges, Bemis said.
Burrell was not in one of the square’s crosswalks, and it was dark at the time of the accident at 5:30 p.m., Bemis and others said.
Sources said Elby stopped and tried to help Burrell, who was assisted by Walpole Ambulance Service, local firefighters and police, and then transported to Springfield Hospital; He was later flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock.